i have been less than inspired lately. every day for three weeks or so i've had the intention of collaging when i get home from work. but, it just hasn't happened. there are a lot of excuses i could throw out there. my new job is demanding. between car pooling with bill and the long commute i am usually gone for 12 hours every day so i'm tired when i get home. after sitting all day i want to walk instead of being immobile at the art table. the list goes on and on. yesterday morning i woke early with an overwhelming urge to collage. i longed to hear the sound of tearing paper and feel the press of rubber stamps against my fingertips. i couldn't wait to mess around with the pastel chalks and sketch out a few new ideas. it was exhilarating! i couldn't help thinking that this was some kind of divine inspiration (intervention??) giving me the nudge to get back to the business of creating. the feeling lasted all weekend and has truly been the wind beneath my wings. i'm taking it as a sign that i truly am meant to pursue this art gig even if it is only part-time. i'm back to staying the course to continue to create and grow as an artist.
the above piece is a commission titled "island bird of paradise" that i finished this afternoon. it is all torn paper with a few chalk and oil pastel embellishments on a 26" x 18" on 3/4" piece of solid aspen. i've e-mailed the image to the lady who commissioned it so see what she thinks. i'll keep it sitting out and walk by it several times a day over the next few days. each time i pass i'll cock my head to the side and look at it to see what i want to change or tweak. as with most things in life, it is in these quiet, reflective moments that i seek divine inspiration. it's there if we simply pause long enough to receive it.